The Baptist Bar & Grill
In celebration of World Gin Day, The Baptist Bar at L’Oscar Hotel will be running a pop-up cocktail menu from June 5th – 8th. The menu will revolve around five classic cocktails – some world-famous, others lesser-known gems – with origins in five disparate countries: England, Italy, Germany, the USA and Japan. Each recipe will involve a delectable twist on the classic version and will include a gin produced in the country where the cocktail was originally crafted. Basil Smash, for instance, is a take on the German cocktail invented by by Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg in 2008. The drink quickly became a phenomenon, even winning “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. The Baptist’s twist is based on Monkey 47 gin, yoghurt, Aquafaba, Lemon, Basil Mix and top of soda. Meanwhile, The Bramble hails from England, with the original created by famous English bartender Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club, Soho in 80s. The Baptist pays homage to his creation mixing Christopher Wren Gin, Ratafia, blackberry, Lemon and Black Currant leaves.
Alongside the cocktail offering, a deliciously summery gin-based dessert will also be on the menu in The Baptist Grill above the bar, consisting of Strawberry & Gin Jelly with White Chocolate Cremeux and Basil Ice Cream.
The Gin Trolley at St Martins Lane hotel
In celebration of World Gin Day (June 8th), St Martins Lane hotel will be offering three chilled G&Ts freshly made at a bespoke Gin & Tonic Trolley stationed in the hotel lobby: Peppered Strawberry Twist (Bombay Sapphire gin, strawberries soaked in balsamic vinegar, pink pepper, fresh basil, Fever-Tree tonic – £13); Join Me Down Under (Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini Riserva Ambrato, mandarin juice, eucalyptus syrup, Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic – £13); Step Into Spring (Star of Bombay gin, aniseed, fennel & cardamom syrup, Fever-Tree Slimline tonic – £14). Available between 3pm and 9pm, it’s an unmissable occasion for any connoisseur of the nation’s favourite drink!
Angler’s Cambridge Distillery terrace
There are few better places to celebrate World Gin Day than Michelin-starred Angler’s rooftop terrace, which has launched a picturesque summer bar in collaboration with international award-winning gin producers, Cambridge Distillery. This quintessentially British terrace brings Cambridge countryside charm to the city, offering refreshing gin cocktails amidst a haven of blooming summer foliage. Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team, William and Lucy Lowe, Cambridge Distillery started out with the couple creating a laboratory in their living room. Inspired by walks through the meadows surrounding Cambridge, the gins seek to capture the taste of the English seasons and use fresh botanicals grown in and around the distillery.
Alongside the signature Cambridge Dry Gin & Tonic served with Fever Tree Indian Tonic and fresh mint, the terrace cocktail list includes innovative serves such as Thyme & Sage Sour made with Cambridge Dry Gin, thyme, sage, lime, Green Chartreuse and egg white (£13), and the Cambridge Collins, a moreish concoction of Cambridge Dry Gin, Kamm & Sons, ginger-ale, Aperol and blackcurrant (£13.50). Angler’s Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, has curated a bespoke menu of nostalgic English bar snacks designed to pair perfectly with the drinks, including Cuttlefish fritters with chip shop curry sauce and Crispy pork brawn with Gentleman’s relish.
Berners Terrace X Bombay Sapphire at Sanderson hotel
In celebration of World Gin Day, Sanderson’s Berners Terrace is partnering with Bombay Sapphire gin to create a taste of the English summer, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street. Launching on the 8th June, Berners Terrace will serve a selection of English countryside inspired cocktails for £12 each, all with a bright but delicate Bombay English Estate gin base. This limited edition English Estate gin has infused the familiar citrus notes of Bombay Sapphire with Pennyroyal mint, rosehip and toasted hazelnut botanicals, which can all be found in the hills and hedgerows of England. Berners Terrace cocktail list will include brilliantly British cocktails, such as Hampshire Tonic, made with Bombay English Estate gin, rose, lavender, tonic water, or the English Summer Time, consisting of Kaffir lime leaves infused with Bombay English Estate gin, Cherry Marnier, lemon, cranberry and egg white.
Mike Robinson’s Elderwood Gin at The Woodsman
Elderwood Gin is a collaboration between acclaimed Chef Mike Robinson and respected wine and spirit experts, New Generation, and is served at his recently opened restaurant, The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon. The gin blends classic premium flavours with bespoke botanicals from English hedgerows and woods, creating a fresh twist on a classic spirit. The base subtly combines juniper, coriander, and angelica, the holy trinity of great gin; forged with cassia and lemon balm; and finally infused with notes of elderberry, rowan, grapefruit and just a hint of cardamom. 3198 bottles were small batch distilled for a delicately smooth taste, and guests can try it at The Woodsman as a G&T with garnishes picked from the restaurant’s garden, in its homemade barrel oak smoked negroni, or even as an alternative to vodka in a Blood Mary.